PEKAN - UMNO president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has urged party members to focus on its struggles rather than on material gains.
He said it was also important for Umno members to stick to the decisions made by the party leadership whose main aim was to maintain unity at the national and divisional levels.
"Without sidelining the democratic rights of party members, we must also give priority to unity to ensure that the party remains united, strong and respected," he said at a function where he distributed 303 head of cattle to mosque and surau committees in the Pekan parliamentary constituency here yesterday.
Najib said Umno's leaders were able to help its members and the public after they continued to get the people's mandate to lead the country.
"The people continue to give us the power due to our struggles and the sacrifices made by our leaders."
Najib added that politicians and community leaders must also be willing to make sacrifices to ensure that the country could develop and succeed further.
"We should not look from our personal perspective and focus only on what we can get as it will show that we are insincere when making sacrifices."
He reminded the people that they could continue to enjoy peace in the country due to the sacrifices made by the security forces.
"We must always remember that our armed forces and police personnel are willing to sacrifice their lives when facing threats from intruders and criminals."
Apart from fulfilling their religious duty, he said Malaysians must also know when they should make sacrifices for the sake of the people and country.
Earlier, Najib attended the official opening of the Pekan Royal Golf Club by Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah.
In Kuala Lumpur, Najib said he was upbeat about the renewed commitments Malaysia and China had made over the past couple of days.
He said with strong cooperation with China in areas such as information, telecommunication, space technology and science, Malaysia was set to elevate its economic performance.
"President Xi Jinping has described Malaysia-China relationship as 'a chance of a lifetime'."